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Drafting Defensive Starters?

Something that I've yet to see mentioned (although maybe I've missed it), is the unlikelihood that someone we draft on defense will be starting for the Jets this year, or at least the unlikelihood that this will be so come Week 1. It's been said by many that Rex, a defensive genius by most accounts, has one of, if not the most complicated defensive schemes in the game. Supposedly, this precludes rookies from starting on a Rex Ryan defense, because it's just too difficult to learn. Historically, this much has held true.

Whereas Coples, from what I remember, did get the nod to start at some point last season, it was not until the season was already lost. Plus, he was used very sparingly in our sixteen games, especially when compared to other rookies drafted around his number. He's also seen the most playing time as a rookie, from what I can tell, of any first round defensive choice we've made in the Ryan era. This should be pretty indicative of a Rex Ryan learning curve, given how great and clearly capable someone like Wilkerson is as a player.

So, I ask, what are your thoughts on this? It's no secret that we have several starting holes to fill on defense and it looks like the draft is the only way to effectively fill them with what remains of the offseason. In fact, it appears that a lot of people have been banking on it. Would you want to see us start a rookie, even if they end up looking like a deer in the headlights? Does this possibility keep you from wanting us to draft defense in the early rounds and instead draft for depth and start what we already have? If you were predicting 2 defensive players in the first, does this change things for you? Is this something you had considered before? Would it effect your mocks? Do you not actually buy any of this and think a defensive rookie could start in Ryan's D? Are you tired of all these questions yet?

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